For more than a decade, China and ASEAN have endeavored to address issues concerning the South China Sea through their own mechanisms, and progress has been made.
The South China Sea arbitration came to an end with an arbitral tribunal in The Hague issuing an award on Tuesday, but the verdict is null and void and only serves to complicate the situation in the region.
Lu Jiabing does not understand how the sea where his family has fished for generations could be claimed by another country.
"These maps are evidence from a third party, confirming China's sovereignty over the islands and the related sea area," said Yao Jide, research team leader from Yunnan University.
Over fears of adulterated or substandard food, many Chinese rely on word-of-mouth to find safe groceries, but officials and technicians say it is time to take a more scientific approach and use big data to address food safety concerns.
Dike patrolman Shao Wentao, 34, has been bowed down with anxiety in recent days.
China was once known as the “Bicycle Kingdom” – before two wheels were dethroned by four. Now a young American living in Beijing is using his ingenuity and pieces of bamboo to restore the sovereignty of the humble bike.
"Paddles ready? Go!" Dragon Boating is the perfect way to wind down after a hard week at work, say many of the 200 members of TBT, Towards Best Team, although few of them knew much about the sport before taking up their paddles.
Most monks find inner peace through meditation – Tashi Sangpo turns to nature. The Khenpo, or Tibetan monastic preceptor, spends much of the year in the vast wilderness of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, with his heavy binoculars and cameras, look for birds.
Many elderly Chinese spend enjoy their retirement looking after grandchildren, or joining square dancing groups. Meng Xiangqian, however, reignited his career by applying for a post at China’s “lonely library”.
The passing of a Peking Opera maestro this week has left the nation mourning the loss of another master.
Xu Mingze holds his breath. He is reading a story about a little girl of his age, who steps in to stop a hoodlum stealing jujubes from a blind old woman.